Disinfo: After the elections, Poroshenko will flee Ukraine

Summary

Ukrainian president Petro Poroschenko is preparing to flee Ukraine. After the elections he would have to bear responsibility for corruption and infringements of the Ukrainian constitution.

 

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Ukrainian elections, with emphasis put on alleged corruption and disruptions during the elections. See here for different pro-Kremlin narratives on Petro Poroshenko.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 140
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: German
  • Country: Ukraine
  • Keywords: Corruption, Petro Poroshenko, Elections
  • Outlet: Sputnik Deutschland
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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